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Thomas Awiapo: Loving Response to Haiti Earthquake

On Jan 12, 2010, an earthquake hit Port-Au-Prince- Haiti, inflicting an unspeakable human tragedy in the lives of its inhabitants. It is hard to imagine or believe that about 150,000 and probably more people have perished in the earthquake and over 600,000 people are homeless, hungry, thirsty, and need medication if they hope to live.

Unfortunately, this is the reality being confirmed over and over again by the media and the government of Haiti. What a painful reality it is! I wish this didn’t happen and people didn’t have to suffer this way.

On the flip side of the coin, the earthquake tragedy in Haiti is exposing and demonstrating the incredible goodness of the human family. Since the tragedy hit Haiti, there has been a great outpouring of immeasurable compassion and love from the human family to the victims of the quake. I just visited a Catholic high school called Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney, Maryland, that raised over $15,000 in one day by sacrificing part of their snack and lunch monies to support victims of the earthquake through Catholic Relief Services. What a powerful and inspiring demonstration of solidarity with the afflicted! Kudos to all students, staff and faculty of Our Lady of Good Counsel.

Let me take this opportunity to salute all the rescue workers who risk their lives, spend every little ounce of energy, skill and experience to save lives from the rubble of the quake. I congratulate all the relief workers who are on the ground providing the very basic needs to keep victims alive.

The most powerful lesson I have drawn in the mist of the earthquake tragedy is that, no matter the power of evil in the world, goodness and love will always overcome evil. I pray that we remain united in goodness and love of God and one another.

– Thomas Awiapo
As a child in Ghana, Thomas Awiapo was a beneficiary of CRS school feeding programs. Now, as an adult, he works for CRS Ghana and travels to the U.S. annually to tell his inspiring story to American Catholics at schools, parishes and communities. Thomas will be a featured guest blogger and will be reporting from Ghana about the issues he witnesses firsthand.

Watch the video: Empowered for Life: The Thomas Awiapo Story.

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4 Responses to “Thomas Awiapo: Loving Response to Haiti Earthquake”

  1. Sharyn Moreau Says:

    Dear Mr. Awiapo,
    Thank you so much for coming to our school last week to speak to our students. They were very moved by your presentation. Right now, we are organizing a fundraiser for CRS’s emergency response in Haiti. Could you please contact me or have someone else from CRS who can assist us contact me through email so that I could collect some information that would help us in our efforts? I would really appreciate your help with this.

  2. Anita Marko Says:

    I am an 8th grade Religion teacher at St. Jude School in Chalfont, PA. Mr. Tom Awiapo came to visit us on Friday, Jan. 29th. WE ALL WERE SO MOVED AND TOUCHED BY HIS KIND WORDS> The students (and teachers) love him. I would like to post a blog with the class on Monday during class as a follow up. I am not sure how to do this. Can you let me know? Thanks. Anita Marko

  3. Thomas Awiapo Says:

    I am glad I was able to come to your school and speak. I appreciate the opportunity to do so. The person to contact for assistance on your proposed project for Haiti is: Nora Colins – ncolins@crs.org

  4. Thomas Awiapo Says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to speak in you. The kids were great audience. Send your story to the following email: jlindner@crs.org

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